Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has today launched its tree planting project dubbed Grow Green Right Of Way (GROW) at Namboole Roundabout along the Northern Bypass.
The Green Right Of Way (GROW) programme is to plant trees along all our road projects for the restoration of the environment.
The campaign that will see trees planted along major national roads was launched by UNRA Executive Director Allen Kagina today morning.
While launching the campaign, the no nonsense Kagina said trees must be owned by communities and if not then they will disappear. “These trees are aimed at preserving environment, bringing employment to women and Youth as managers and caretakers of these trees. We will plant fruit trees to help in nutrition and income earning. To secure our future, the future of Ugandans as well as secure humanity because these trees inhale some of the toxic gases that affect humanity.
She added, “The trees will increase biodiversity along highways and cities…we can’t exist alone. We co-exist with these plants. As we think about development by building skyscrapers, we should consider planting trees like counterparts in developed countries. We will make sure our future contractors grass and plant trees in all our road reserves in the coming projects. This is not just tree planting launch but Restoration of environment. We will make sure there is a robust management for these trees”.
Kagina later participated in planting of trees along Namboole Roundabout where more than 10 trees were planted by her and different UNRA partners in the project including National Forestry Authority (NFA).